31 participants were arrested, issued compounds and released.
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A public memorial service held at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur last night (19 August), for the 13,000 souls who mortally fell victim to Covid-19 in Malaysia, was met with arrests and summons, with some raising accusations of police brutality.
The memorial was organised by the recent #Lawan protest organiser, Secretariat Solidariti Rakyat (SSR).
Read More: What Happened At The #Lawan Protest?
Bersih 2.0 condemns the police high-handedness and brutality and call for the release of all participants of the memorial service of Covid-19 victims held at Dataran Merdeka tonight.— BERSIH 2.0 (@bersih2) August 19, 2021
Photo credit: Shafwan Zaidon (photo 1) pic.twitter.com/MgkoTFe5Cp
As many as 31 participants, 17 men and 15 women, were detained by police, loaded up into trucks and taken in for attending the candlelight vigil, and by the end of the night, each received compounds of RM2,000 a person.
A statement by PDRM said that the individuals were charged under Section 9 (5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (Act 736) for failing to notify authorities of an assembly, Section 21A of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) for obstructing the duties of enforcement authorities and Regulation 10 Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (National Recovery Plan) 2021 which states that no person shall gather or be involved with gatherings in a Covid-19 outbreak area.
KENYATAAN MEDIA KPD DANG WANGI— Polis Diraja M'sia (@PDRMsia) August 20, 2021
Siasatan Berhubung Perhimpunan Program Memorial Memperingati Mereka Yang Gugur Disebabkan Pandemik COVID-19 Oleh Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat (SSR) Di Padang Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.
Sumber: Polis Dang Wangi pic.twitter.com/ApeD6qb5LM
Images and videos of the gathering being shared online have some Malaysians accusing the authorities of abusing their power in order to forcibly stop a peaceful gathering.
Police arrested 25 participants for holding a vigil in commemoration of those who lost their lives to Covid-19 at Dataran Merdeka.— Elill (@Elill_E) August 19, 2021
🔴 The participants questioned if they were being arrested but police personnel dragged some of them into police trucks #Lawan #LawanTetapLawan pic.twitter.com/oDMwA9sc6A
Tonight was NOT a protest. It was a memorial to remember the lives we’ve lost due to this government’s incompetency and yet why is the police using excessive force to detain them?#Lawan#TolakIntimidasi pic.twitter.com/QGB4DVfByJ— sarah 🏴 (@sarahczarina) August 19, 2021
It was also reported that lawyers representing the detained participants were also not allowed to attend to their clients after they were arrested until later at around 10 pm before they were subsequently released from custody.
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